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Fr. Ed Jansen

Member Since 2012

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  • 27 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
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    (194)
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    In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up".

    William says: "Life Changing Once You Are Ready"
    "Gracious living"
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    What did you love best about Falling Upward?

    I sense it is an inspired writing about how to live out the second half of our life with an open heart and mind; to live with joy, gratitude and graciousness. In the book, Rohr confronted some of my first half of life thinking and gave me an explanation about what I am experiencing today. It has made me even more grateful for my life and where I am today in this aging process. I recommend it for anyone over 40 (I wish I would have read it then). I do not recommend it for those who are still entrenched in their first half of life thinking where there is an absence of curiosity and the presence of absolute certainty....about anything.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It may take a second "reading" before Rohr's teachings can be full absorbed and appreciated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo
    • Narrated By Stu Gray, Chip Arnold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
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    Best-selling authors Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo talk candidly about the life and teaching of Jesus and the wisdom he offers our fractured world. It is time to re-imagine the world and the way we live - the old patterns of politics, economics, and religion that aren’t working. It’s time for a new kind of Christianity. In Red Letter Revolution, best-selling authors Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo take on the hardest issues facing our world.

    Fr. Ed Jansen says: "Spot on.....but"
    "Spot on.....but"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, with caution about their practice of eisegesis.


    What other book might you compare Red Letter Revolution to and why?

    It is quite unique although it follows much of what the emerging church espouses.


    Have you listened to any of Stu Gray and Chip Arnold ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Claiborne and Campolo work well together. I personally believe their views of the church today and their response is where Christianity needs to move. With that said, it drove me nuts listening to them quote book, chapter and verse almost every minute to prove their point. The very thing they criticize of other Christians, they do themselves. Had they presented their ideas (based upon their understanding of the Scriptures) without the eisegesis, it might have made them more credible biblical scholars. So, if you can get past this, their ideas and practices are, in my opinion, spot-on for the Church today.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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